Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Blown away by Chicago


Chicago - view from our roomTaking a couple of days off of work to go to Chicago was so much fun. It was a bit spontaneous on our part which made it even more exciting. When Wicked came to San Francisco, it was immediately sold out. I wanted to see it so bad and with our new resolution to do more traveling, we decided to make a trip of it and also catch all the sites in Chicago. We had no idea what we wanted to do there except to see what "The Magnificent Mile" was all about, eat deep dish pizza, and maybe catch a glimpse of Oprah.

SeahorseOnce we arrived, we found out that there was plenty to see and do (and eat!). We walked down The Magnificent Mile, where I got to shop to my heart's content. We ate, and ate, and ate. I had the thickest deep dish pizza I've ever seen in my life, yummy seafood at Shaw's Crab House, spicy hot dogs, and a ginormous rack of ribs. But we did more than just eat...we were especially excited to go to the Shedd Aquarium and see all the little and big fishies.

Protesting along with the actorsWhile walking around the city, we saw this huge commotion around the Federal Reserve Bank where there were huge crowds protesting out front and up the road, a presidential motorcade. We soon figured out after the motorcade backed up after passing the protestors, and did it again, that we were witnessing the taping of a movie. After we figured that out, I joined the protestors. We went to the viewing deck of the Sears tower, the once tallest building in the world and could see forever and ever. I am still so surprised at how much flatter certain areas of the United States are compared to here in the Bay Area.

Wicked!Saturday night was the most pleasant night of all because that was the night we got to see the much anticipated Wicked! The show was playing at the Oriental Theater at Ford Center and was jam packed. If you ever get the chance to see this show...see it! The story is based on the untold story of the witches of Oz. It completely changes how you see and think of The Wizard of Oz.

Chicago was way more than I expected it to be. It was full of fun things to do, places to see, and plenty of good food to eat. I have never been to a big city and been so pleasantly surprised at how everyone was so friendly and polite. It was so refreshing to see how nice people were. I was literally...blown away.


spacegirl said...

my hometown! i haven't been back there in YEARS, though. i'm so happy you had a good time there. it's a great city. your post makes me want to plan a trip back sometime this summer!

kimbalina said...

I had no idea you were a Chicagoan! =)

Paul said...

How did you like the Shedd Aquarium? I haven't been there in many years.

kimbalina said...

It was great. Neither of us had been to an aquarium in years so we were excited to do it. We mostly just walked around and looked at the different fish and animals they had including a little feeding time with the beluga whales.

Kiat said...

Hope you didn't miss the new Shedd's Lizard exhibit that was opened last weekend.

jeff said...

your comment about nice people is interesting - aren't there nice people in california?

i have lived in chicago for seven years and love it. we're just getting into the best season, summer, the reason why people like living in chicago. fall is nice too.

chicago goof said...

I was in the movie that you watched being filmed. A couple of days after the protest scene we filmed an actual assassination at the Sheraton. That movie was produced by a British film company if it is released in the US it will be very controversial.